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IISD Reporting Services will be reporting from 22 to 24 April 2010 from the:
Latest News - Friday, 9 April 2010
DIALOGUE TAKES PLACE ON FORESTS, GOVERNANCE AND CLIMATE CHANGE
London, 7 April—The fourth Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change took place in London, England, on 6 April 2010. Participants reviewed, inter alia, the outcomes of the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), held in December 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark, and the upcoming UNFCCC meeting in April in Bonn, Germany, and addressed the outcomes of the International Conference on the Major Forest Basins, held on 11 March 2010 in Paris, France, and its anticipated follow-up meeting in May in Oslo, Norway. The Dialogue concluded by identifying critical issues to be addressed and next steps to be taken in Oslo, Bonn and at COP 16 in Cancun, Mexico. More.
Photo: The fourth RRI Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change opened in the Stationers’ Hall in London
ABS WORKING GROUP SUSPENDS SESSION, FORWARDS CO-CHAIRS’ DRAFT PROTOCOL TO RESUMED SESSION AS NON-NEGOTIATED DOCUMENT
Santiago de Cali, 29 March—The ninth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) convened from 22-28 March 2010, in Santiago de Cali, Colombia. The meeting continued negotiations on an international regime on ABS, in view of its mandate to submit an instrument for consideration at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10). The Working Group agreed to: suspend ABS 9 and convene a resumed session in June/July 2010; and forward a draft protocol text as revised in Cali to the resumed session, with the understanding that the draft was not negotiated, is without prejudice to the rights of parties to make further amendments and additions to the text, and should be read together with the ABS 9 report reflecting parties’ views expressed at the meeting. More.
Photo: Working Group Co-Chair Tim Hodges (Canada) suspended the meeting at 7:57 pm.
CITES COP 15 DEBATES BLUEFIN TUNA, SHARKS AND IVORY, LISTS PLANT SPECIES
Doha, 26 March—The 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) convened from 13-25 March 2010, in Doha, Qatar, where participants considered 68 agenda items and 42 proposals to amend the CITES appendices. More.
Photo: L-R: Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme (UNEP); Abdulla bin Mubarak bin Aboud Al-Madadi, Minister of the Environment, Qatar; and Willem Wijnstekers, Secretary-General, CITES
Other News
Website and report for Rio+20 PrepCom released
Global Conference on Agriculture Research for Development discusses investment needs
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Avian Influenza and Wild Birds Task Force reviews achievements, assesses future priorities
World Migratory Bird Day to focus on globally threatened migratory birds
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Rotterdam Convention launches customs section of website
Basel Convention releases draft guidelines on co-processing hazardous wastes
Stockholm Convention invites comments on social and economic guidance and donor support
SAICM releases report on health sector engagement
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High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing convenes first meeting
African meeting considers climate change and development
Ozone Secretariat releases OEWG documents
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FAO: World deforestation decreases, but remains alarming in many countries
UN-REDD and Indonesia collaborate to curb deforestation
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IMO’s MEPC makes progress on GHG from shipping
Secretary-General visits Aral Sea
UNESCO and the Dominican Republic establish centre for the sustainable management of water resources
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Human Development
World Urban Forum 5 develops recommendations to promote sustainable inclusive cities
UNDP event focuses on capacity development
UN Secretary-General calls on parliamentarians to support MDGs, disarmament and clean energy efforts
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP convenes meeting on existing environmental goals and objectives
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP convenes consultation on GEO-5
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Trade, Finance & Investment
High-level event on south-south cooperation adopts Bogot� Statement
High-level dialogue discusses Financing for Development
WTO Committee on Trade and Environment advances negotiations on climate-friendly goods
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
AWG-KP 11 and AWG-LCA 9: 9-11 April 2010. Bonn, Germany.
Workshop on Regional Action to Combat Invasive Species on Islands to Preserve Biodiversity and Aid Climate Change Adaptation: 12-16 April 2010. Auckland, New Zealand.
African Ministerial Conference on Weather, Climate and Water Information: 12-16 April 2010. Nairobi, Kenya.
CSD 18 Thematic Seminar Series: Transportation: 13 April 2010. New York, US.
Meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate: 18-19 April 2010. Washington, DC, US.
World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth: 19-22 April 2010. Cochabamba, Bolivia.
Second Meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Risk Assessment and Risk Management: 19-23 April 2010. Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Montreal Protocol Technology and Economic Assessment Panel: 19-23 April 2010. Madrid, Spain.
Ninth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: 19-30 April 2010. New York, US.
IPCC Expert Meeting on Human Settlement, Water, Energy and Transport Infrastructure - Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies: 20-22 April 2010. Calcutta, India.
Global Summit: Powering Growth for the Global Green Economy: 21-23 April 2010. Seoul, Republic of Korea.
 

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